World Bank Workshop Promotes Low Carbon Logistics in China

27 July 2012. As China’s logistics industry is growing steadily amid rising demand, how to build it globally-competitive while reducing its carbon footprint has become a priority for city planners. In order to facilitate discussions among government officials, experts and representatives from the private sector on the status and future development of the urban logistics sector in China, the World Bank, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Wuhan Urban Construction Finance Office organized the Wuhan Low Carbon Logistics Workshop, on 19 July 2012, in Wuhan, China.

Participants came from different cities across China, including Chongqing, Guangzhou, Suzhou, Ningbo, Fuyang and Xiaogan. They shared local good practices in developing low-carbon logistics parks. Having taken place in Wuhan, the workshop gave special attention to the logistics industry of the city. Wuhan is a major transportation hub and logistics center in central China. In 2011, its logistics industry grew over 20 percent year-on-year, accounting for 10 percent of the city’s total GDP. 

The workshop discussed the findings of a case study on the Lanyan Logistics Base in Wuhan, a new logistics hub which serves as a demonstration project of modern logistics. Experts noted that if this new hub would follow the conventional practices of developing logistics hub in China, it could generate unnecessary increase in truck traffic, vehicle mileage, and carbon emission. The World Bank and the SDC helped map out a low carbon development strategy for the new hub while not compromising its performance and economic benefits. This case is expected to contribute to the improvement of freight logistics planning in China, since many Chinese cities are building logistics hubs without thorough analysis of their impacts on carbon emissions, air pollution and fuel consumption.

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